Architectural practice Sergison Bates has announced the London Borough of Wandsworth has approved its ‘Pencil Tower’ building. 

This residential tower is proposed to transform a vacant plot currently used for ancillary car parking into a 68-metre-high mixed-use block comprising 27 residential units and a café. The site is adjacent to the Wandsworth mixed-use project the firm completed in 2004 for Baylight Properties Ltd.


Carved facades and a slender vertical order give the building an elegant sculptural form. In keeping with the existing refurbished workshops buildings, the tumbled white brick and concrete tower have metal windows designed to reinforce the building’s industrial character. 

The idea for the tower emerged in response to the uniqueness of the site and a concern to minimise its impact on the skyline. As well as the ground floor café, the addition of a new section to the Wandle River Trail will provide new amenities for locals.

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